Are you excited to reimagine how we invest in and cultivate leadership as an essential ingredient for change? Join us at the LeadersTrust.
Working at the LeadersTrust you’ll be part of a dynamic and diverse team where we pride ourselves on being flexible, responsive, and positive as we champion people and movements for social change.
With an in-person coworking office in Oakland or remote options available, roles with the LeadersTrust are an opportunity to be part of building a social change eco-system that is rooted in trust, where resources are invested more equitably, power is shared, and agents of change have the capacity, connections, and investment they need to reach their goals and thrive. Check out our openings below.
Flexible Leadership Awards Project Director
About the LeadersTrust
The LeadersTrust delivers long-term, high touch support that helps change makers lead boldly and dream big. We collaborate with foundations, organizations, and skilled consultants to invest in the inherent power of leaders to create a world that is loving, sustainable and just.
The LeadersTrust builds on a fifteen-year history as a core strategy of the Haas, Jr. Fund to invest deeply in the leadership and organizational capacity of nonprofit partners. Now an independent entity housed at the Tides Center, the LeadersTrust partners with the Haas Jr. Fund, Packard, Grove, Heising-Simons, Irvine and Collaborative for Gender + Reproductive Equity (CGRE) foundations. Our network includes more than 200 capacity strengthening consultants and 150 social change and movement organizations who collectively work to advance immigrant rights, environmental justice, worker justice, reproductive and gender justice, services to children and families, and LGBTQ rights.
We are animated by a vision of a more equitable world for all people and the planet. We believe that centering racial equity is the surest path for transformative social change and we work in service of healing and liberation for communities of color and dismantling systems that are oppressive and unjust. Not just part of our name, trust is essential to how we operate. The LeadersTrust supports and honors the wisdom of our partners to guide the work, define what they need, and determine the right path forward.
Flexible Leadership Awards
The LeadersTrust’s Flexible Leadership Awards (FLA), our time-tested core model, provides long-term, tailored support to grantee partners of our collaborating foundations to bolster their leadership and implement solutions to mission-critical strategic challenges and opportunities.
There is no one-size-fits-all approach to learning or leadership. We customize our programs with our funding partners to align capacity strengthening efforts in service of the change they wish to create in the world and meet leaders where they are to help them articulate and achieve their dreams. The FLA program has three main components: 1) an assessment and priority setting process that leads to an organizational and leadership development plan; 2) grant awards to implement the plan; and 3) accompaniment throughout the whole program by a highly skilled organizational effectiveness consultant.
Since 2005, the LeadersTrust has supported more than 150 organizations and their leaders with over $35 million in flexible investments for program support, board development, leadership coaching, strategic planning, transition planning, financial resilience, equity initiatives, and more. A 2013 external evaluation showed that FLA grantee partners were strikingly successful on both leadership and organizational growth fronts in meeting or surpassing their strategic organizational as well as leadership development goals.
Job Description Summary
The LeadersTrust is looking for a Flexible Leadership Awards (FLA) Project Director. The FLA Project Director will deliver the FLA program to grantee partners of partnering foundations. A primary responsibility of the Project Director is to deliver the FLA to twenty Black, Indigenous and People of Color (BIPOC) and/or Transgender/Gender Nonconforming-led grantee partners of the Collaborative for Gender + Reproductive Equity (CGRE) enabling them to access leadership and organizational strengthening resources needed to advance their missions. CGRE supports reproductive and gender equity in four states (Georgia, Michigan, New Mexico, and Texas) and nationally.
The Project Director role involves a mix of ongoing program design and implementation, oversight for organizational transformation work, partnering and supporting a vibrant team of capacity and leadership coaches, providing guidance to consultants and grantee partners when needed, and capturing learning.
The Flexible Leadership Awards Project Director will join an existing LeadersTrust team of an Executive Director, three Program Directors, a Program and Finance Manager, and a Program Associate. These individuals together currently deliver leadership and organizational development resources, including regrants, awards and learning opportunities, to the grantee partners of the Haas Jr. Fund and the Packard, Grove, Heising-Simons and Irvine Foundations.
The Flexible Leadership Awards Project Director is an at-will, exempt, and remote position. The salary is $135,000 per year with a very competitive benefits package (medical, dental, 403b, vacation).
Interested applicants should send a cover note and resume to: email@example.com with the subject header “[Your Full Name] FLA Project Director Application”. Applications will be accepted and reviewed through October 31, 2021.
CGRE’s Critical Work
Amid persistent gender-based inequities and relentless, well-funded attacks on sexual and reproductive rights, CGRE connects organizations in Georgia, Michigan, New Mexico, Texas, and nationally with vital resources.
CGRE envisions a world where gender and reproductive equity spans a full range of identities and experiences – a world where women, especially low-income women; Black, Indigenous and other women of color; and trans and gender non-conforming people, have the knowledge, resources, and power to shape their own lives. By working together and pooling resources, they can take risks and embrace innovation in the pursuit of progress.
The Role of the Flexible Leadership Awards Project Director
Responsibilities of the FLA Project Director will include, but are not limited to:
- Day-to-day managing of the FLA program for CGRE’s grantee partners. The Project Director will ensure quality of work products, satisfaction with the program, and high levels of customer service to the grantee partners.
- Supporting strong partnerships with the teams of Capacity Coaches who will accompany the Executive Directors and their teams over the three years of the project with CGRE. This includes collaborating with each of the state Capacity Coach teams to make connections throughout the program as well as to help plan and implement any cohort aspects of the work.
- Overseeing, mentoring, and cultivating the Capacity Coach teams to ensure that they effectively carry out the following:
- Build positive relationships and rapport with the 20 Executive Directors and their teams;
- Project manage and coordinate all aspects of the FLA program with the grantee partners over the three years;
- Help the staff leaders and board members of the 20 grantee partners assess their priorities for leadership and organizational development in the context of their current goals and challenges;
- Synthesize, make sense of the assessment findings and results, and help build alignment with stakeholders;
- Co-create, with grantee partners, an Organizational Development and Leadership Plan (OD Plan) to address those priorities, including timing, budget, and sequencing of leadership development activities;
- Connect the grantee partners with relevant consultants, coaches, trainings, and resources, including clarifying the goals and scopes of the work of the consultants and coaches;
- Support the grantee partners in any additional requirements needed to receive resources to fund the scopes of work and reach their goals; o Partner with the grantee partners over the life of the project by checking in regularly with the OD staff team and key consultants to help ensure that the work is on track, to troubleshoot any challenges that emerge; to assist the organization in making any necessary mid-course adaptations, to help bring JOY and expansive thinking to the process, and to provide guidance and back up support; and
- Track learning and report on progress.
- Coordinating and onboarding of new grantee partners of CGRE or other foundations coming later into the program.
- Contributing to, with the Program Directors & Executive Director, ongoing relationships with the CGRE staff and ensuring that the LeadersTrust FLA program meets CGRE’s aims and requirements and delivers intended outcomes. This includes engaging purposely, positively and regularly with the CGRE staff team, to support goals of mutual accountability, transparency and sustainability.
- In partnership with the LeadersTrust operations team, coordinating the ongoing tracking of and reporting about the 20 CGRE grantee partners (and others if new foundations join the program). Teaming with staff on financial oversight, financial reporting, operational processes, as well as data collection and analysis.
- Surfacing and sharing learning from all levels and aspects of the work to bring new ideas and continuous improvement to the program and its future.
The FLA Project Director will also work collaboratively with the Program Directors and the full LeadersTrust team to support the broader activities of the LeadersTrust.
This position reports directly to Chana Fitton, Program Director at the LeadersTrust.
Requirements of the Role:
The ultimate objective of the LeadersTrust programs is to help drive positive societal change. Qualified candidates will have deep knowledge and experience providing organizational and leadership development consulting support to Black, Indigenous & People of Color in a range of social change organizations.
Candidates will combine a passion for social justice with a collaborative, results oriented approach in managing high-performing, equity-centered professionals. Candidates will come with an entrepreneurial spirit and excitement about joining a growing organization. In carrying out the work they will demonstrate great empathy for and connection to the work, and exercise good judgment which is informed by experience in the sector.
- 7+ years of experience as an internal or external consultant to nonprofit organizations, helping clients strengthen organizational impact through leadership development and capacity building — a combination of experience in nonprofit senior leadership and consulting especially welcomed;
- Experience with, and energy for, holding complexity, managing layered projects, and collaboratively planning and designing programs;
- Ability to hold multiple relationships with care;
- Facility with communications, both written and verbal with a variety of partners;
- Experience that demonstrates ability to partner with, manage, and support a team of seasoned and experienced consultants who deliver the services;
- Broad knowledge of best practices and emerging trends in the field of organizational development with an emphasis on leadership, strategy, and supporting organizations at all levels of the development cycle; and
- Connections to and/or recent lived experience with, BIPOC and transgender centered and/or led communities.
Preferred, but not Required:
- Experience with a nonprofit focused on advocacy, field-building, policy change or community organizing in the gender and reproductive equity and/or adjacent areas of social change and justice work;
- Connections to and/or recent lived experience in one or more of CGRE’s target states: Georgia, Michigan, New Mexico and/or Texas;
- Understanding of the broader “ecosystem” of field building for social change leadership; and
- Familiarity with grant-making processes.
- Personal alignment with the values of the LeadersTrust in which attention to equity, particularly racial equity, is centered;
- Energy to join an evolving and growing organization; excitement for building the Flexible Leadership Awards program and the LeadersTrust as a whole;
- Personal and/or professional experience resulting in deep understanding of the nonprofit sector and the social change context of the work;
- Comfort and facility in an intermediary role which, among other things, will require simultaneous attention to the priorities and needs of foundation and grantee partners; and
- The ability to approach this work with joy, and with deep attention to, and consideration of, all dimensions of intersectional racial equity.
This remote position will include occasional travel to one or more of the four states to support project activities, as well as to other parts of the US including California, for staff retreats and other work. The LeadersTrust will continue to follow CDC and formal guidance from our fiscal sponsor, the Tides Center, and the wishes of our many partners, concerning travel and timing of in-person activity.
Interested applicants should send a cover note and resume to: HR@theleaderstrust.org with the subject header “[Your Full Name] FLA Project Director Application”. Applications will be accepted and reviewed through October 31, 2021.
The LeadersTrust is a project of the Tides Center. Tides is an equal opportunity employer. We strongly encourage applications from women, people of color, and bilingual and bicultural individuals, as well as members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender communities. Applicants shall not be discriminated against because of race, religion, sex, national origin, ethnicity, age, disability, political affiliation, sexual orientation, gender identity, color, marital status, or medical condition including acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS) and AIDS-related conditions. Also pursuant to the San Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance, we encourage and will consider for employment qualified applicants with arrest and conviction records.
Applicants with Disabilities: Reasonable accommodation will be made so that qualified disabled applicants may participate in the application process. Please advise in writing of special needs at the time of application.